New Delhi: GST is going to a game changer in the history of India. This is truly going to make India a One Nation one tax. A lot has been said about GST. This is India's biggest tax reform so far and after implementing it, there will be only one tax in India. To important to understand and know the GST, as it has almost arrived in July and now it is necessary to talk about those people who will be worst hit by GST. I am talking about those things which are extremely important to us and GST is going to be implemented there.

1. Braille paper and wheelchair

The biggest impact of GST will be on people who cannot live their normal life for some reason. The reason is that between 5 to 18% GST has been applied on Braille typewriters, Braille papers, wheelchairs and other such assistive devices.

Setting up of GST on mobility and assistive devices is a tough decision for those who cannot live their live without this. In the 2016 budget, Arun Jaitley freed Braille paper from any type of tax and now it will take 5% tax. Similarly, clocks, hearing machines and other appliance used by handicapped are also in the 5% tax slab.

In India, it is said that more facilities are being provided to the people who have disabilities. Accessible India campaign has also been launched in this case.

Putting tax on wheelchairs and braille paper means that you have taxed on sight and walk of the disabled person. According to the 2011 censor in India, 2.21% are people in India are with disabilities and if calculated, then this number will be much higher. The simple question is why tax on things used by them, can it not be abolished.

2. Sanitary pads

every one know why sanitary pads is more important in the society for the girls. If you ask a girl, then she will say the sanitary pads are more important to them than any other need. They can work, even if they do not wear bangles, the work can be done, but without sanitary pad, they cannot work.  

Using sanitary pads is not only necessary for health but it is also a matter of convenience of women. The rate of sanitary napkin reduced from 14.5% to 12% and if the tampon is used then 18%, but should not it be in 5% tax slab?

If we see the average, a female on an average changes one pad every 6-8 hours. In this case, 3-4 padas every day, i.e. about 18 to 20 paddles every cycle. Let's say 18. Now if a packet pad comes to 200 rupees then it costs 200 rupees per month, 200 * 12 of the year means 2400 rupees. A women has period for about 39 years, then 2400 * 39 = 93,600 rupees. This is a common calculation, if a woman uses different brand pads, it will be more expensive.

#LahuKaLagaan campaign was also launched, in which millions of signatures were carried out. Do not know how many times this has happened, but it seems Jaitley has no intention of reducing this tax. This inflation will affect most of the women who are unable to use the pad anyway and are forced to use clothes, leaves. It will be messing with their health.

3. Forgive the debts of farmers but what about tax?

You will have heard about farmer’s debt waiver. Everywhere there is demonstration of farmer's, debt forgiveness and farmer suicides. In such a way, what does it makes a sense to put GST on fertilizer and pesticide?

Can farming should be expensive. Could these things not be in 5% tax slab, which has now been made in 12 to 18% tax slab.

Fertilizers, which are currently in 5-7% tax slab, will come in 12% after GST. 3 years ago the 50 kg bag of manure that came in 250 rupees is now Rs 750 and now it will increase further in the coming time. How many manure sacks will be cultivated in agriculture and how much will it cost? Now, on one side you are doing expensive things and on the other hand subsidies are given to fertilizers. Is the government playing with numbers only? It means that at one side you are aking money and at the other side you are giving subsidy to the farmers.

In the same way, those pesticides used to eliminate weed. Pesticides now have tax up to 12-15% and after GST they will come in 18% tax slab.

Now if talking about farming tools, tractors etc., there is a waiver for all in the agro industry, there is no input tax credit for pipe etc. Now no one can take tax from farmers because that will be illegal, it is possible to add to the price of this tax to the product itself. Mean tractors can be  more expensive. In such a situation, the condition of farmers can be only be estimated.

It is not that GST will not benefit from anything. The advantage, Puja material, paan leaves, even condoms are out of the tax slab of GST. In these cases, if taken into consideration then perhaps the resistance of GST might be slightly reduced.

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Olivia Murakami is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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